Trap Light by Atuppertu
Published on October 1, 2012
Trap light is the result of an exciting collaboration between Gionata Gatto and Mike Thompson, proposing a new approach to lighting design. By utilising photoluminescent pigments to capture escaping light, trap light converts waste energy back into visible light. Photoluminesence is a process in which energy absorbed by a substance is gradually released as light. Using a traditional murano glass blowing technique, the designers were able to embed photoluminescent pigments into the glass body of the lamp. Through this process, trap light becomes both shade and light source, emitting, absorbing, and re-emitting light. 30 minutes ‘charge’ of recycled light from an led light bulb provides up to 8 hours of ambient lighting. With trap light, the designers illustrate, that by taking a fresh approach to traditional production methods and existing materials, they can create an engaging, new lighting experience whilst making the most of energy.